|Christmas News Letter
12 December 2019
End of the Autumn Term
I can’t believe the time has come for another end of year letter. Although we are fast approaching the end of year (our beautiful Christmas trees arrived last week: a wonderful donation from one of our parents) we still have lots to do and lots to look forward to!
The winter exam season is in full swing. We are very happy with how all students: both KS3 and 4, have responded. Year 7 have been brilliant, as have year 8 and 9. We have seen many examples of students taking their revision seriously and preparing well for the exams both over lunchtimes, in the library and in the booster and revision slots organised by school. Both year 10 and 11 have risen to the challenge: Year 10 to their pre public exam in RE and Year 11 to all their pre public exams. We set great store on students’ preparation for the pre public exams, as we know that this is ‘money in the bank’ in terms of revision for ‘the real thing’ in the summer. As a parent who has recently supported a year 11 daughter with GCSEs, revising throughout the year and making revision materials such as flashcards as topics are being learnt; really, helps alleviate the pressure of revising in the immediate run up to the summer exams.
We have a number of lovely end of term events to look forward to. These are a mixture of fundraisers for the charities we support, celebration events and performances.
To begin with, Student Council will be running the following events:
Food bank donations: once again we will be supporting the Trussell Trust- form tutors will be collected donation during December to aid this really important charity
Student Council will be selling candy canes throughout December to add to our own school fund to provide additional resources for our students
We are also collecting for Mission Christmas Child and would welcome small gifts to add to students’ Christmas parcels. These will be delivered for distribution amongst families in need.
We will be celebrating the ‘Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day’ on December 13th students are asked to wear ONE Christmas item- this could be a jumper, or a ‘tinsel’ scarf alongside their normal school uniform. Donations of £1 are asked for with all proceeds to Save the Children.
There are also the other following events:
Year 7 Carol Concert and performance on Tuesday 17th December, arrival at 6.30 pm for performers, concert starts at 7pm: strictly ticket only due to space restrictions in the hall.
Year 11 Christmas lunch and celebration on Thursday 19th- own clothes to be worn by year 11 on this day – students are asked to bring a £1 for the Prom Fund.
Junior leadership team visit to the residents of Ferol Lodge for carols and mince pies
Celebration assemblies the week beginning 16th December. These will be in Houses. Students have been nominated for a range of awards in different categories. We are very much looking forward to also celebrating the many wonderful things our young people are involved in outside school and sharing their awards, prizes and accreditations with them.
Christmas dinner will be served in the lunch hall on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December. Vegetarian and meat options will be available. Halal options are available too. We will however be having a very limited offering of alternative options to Christmas dinner on these days given the amount of preparation involved in making Christmas lunch.
School closes for the Christmas break on Friday 20th December at 12:00 pm. Please note this is a non- school uniform day. Could I please ask that although this is non-uniform day students should be in appropriate wear for school?
Students will be having a form party period 1 and slightly amended lessons period 2 and 3. Students who are entitled to a school lunch will be able to buy hot food at break with their lunch entitlement money: break will be extended. Please note, the school bus will be available from 12:00 pm also.
We open again at the usual time on Monday 6th January 2020 for the Spring Term.
Parental support at school:-
Could I also thank all those parents who have offered to be parent helpers on school trips? If you are still interested in this, do let us know. This is a brilliant and practical way of helping school. And I know it is the time of year when people are constantly being asked to put their hands in their pockets but could I prompt you to think about adding Sale High to your Christmas list? A £5 a month standing order donation to school is a brilliant way of helping us provide the little extras throughout the year. The school details are as follows: Sort Code: 30-90-16 Account: 02661601
Since I began this letter, we have had our enforced closure on the afternoon of Friday 6th December and all day on Monday 9th December. I can only apologise for having to close. It is never something we take lightly. However, we had an electrical fault, exacerbated by a leak into that part of the building. The fire brigade instructed us to close until the electrical systems could be worked on, and the leaking roof fixed. We had electricians and maintenance staff on site on Friday afternoon, all day Saturday Sunday and Monday, enabling us to open on Tuesday.
The fire evacuation itself went well. The students behaved really well, despite having no lunch and having to stand in the rain whilst the fire brigade made an assessment. Thank goodness we are all safe and we have the ‘all clear’ to be back in the school building. What this does highlight is the chronic underfunding we have had for years and the parlous state of our building. I meeting with Trafford authority on Friday to once again petition them for help and support in getting something done. I also met with Mike Kane, our constituency MP, to show him the damage done and state of the buildings. I will be continuing to lobby whichever candidate gets in after Thursday’s election for support in getting our case heard for more funding and more support. Our children so deserve it and it is so unfair that they are affected by incident like Friday’s.
Anyway, to happier thoughts: I would like to repeat a lovely Christmas meditation that Miss Morrissey, head of humanities, shared with the students last year: a perfect Christmas wish for all of us:
May you be well
May you be happy
May you be loved
May you be at peace
Thank you once again for all the help and support you have given our school this term. I know you will be as proud of our young people as we are. It is wonderful watching them go from strength to strength.
Best wishes from all of us at Sale High,